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    Colorfully Toned, Gem Uncirculated 1893-S Barber Quarter

    1893-S 25C MS66 PCGS. The 1893-S Barber Quarter was born as a low mintage issue. The San Francisco Mint delivered 1.4 million quarters this year, a limited mintage for the era, especially when one considers that the Philadelphia Mint coined 5.4 million pieces in 1893, and New Orleans produced a further 3.3 million coins. Writing in 1994 (The Complete Guide to Barber Quarters), David Lawrence states that the 1893-S is difficult to locate in all grades, especially Fine-XF and throughout the Mint State spectrum. Those Uncirculated coins known to NGC and PCGS are concentrated in the MS 62-64 grade range, and only 11 pieces that grade finer than Choice BU are shown on both current population reports (3/04).
    The surfaces of this fully original Gem are uncommonly clean, even for the MS66 grade level. Not a single noticeable abrasion disturbs the coruscant mint frost. A richly colored and lively display of deep copper-gold, sunset-red, and olive-green toning has gathered in a somewhat mottled fashion over both sides. As befits the issue, the devices are fully brought up--an uncommon occurrence for a branch mint issue in this series. Certainly a highlight of the present collection, and a significant bidding opportunity for the discerning Barber quarter specialist. Population: 1 in 66, 2 finer (3/04).
    From the JFS Collection.(#5606) (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 23XY, PCGS# 5606)

    Weight: 6.25 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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